Forum: Growing Farm Friendly Communities

How to create municipal agricultural commissions & other tools to support farms in your town

**Postponed! This event will be rescheduled in January. Stay tuned for the date & time announcement soon **

Windham Town Hall, 8 School Street, Windham Maine

Co-Hosted by GrowSmart Maine & Maine Farmland Trust

Hear community & municipal leaders share policy approaches and practical ideas for ways communities and farmers can benefit from working together.

Stephanie Gilbert, Farm Viability & Farmland Protection Specialist with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry will moderate this panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience Q&A and networking.


  • Bud Benson, Town Planner, Town of Standish
  • Rod Melanson, Planning Director, Town of Topsham
  • Kate Newkirk, Co-Chair, Town of Winslow Agriculture Commission


10:00-10:15a Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast

10:15-11:45a Panel Presentations, Moderated Panel Discussion, and Audience Question & Answer

11:45a-12:00p Networking


  • Maine Farmland Trust & GrowSmart Maine Members: $15
  • General Public: $25

This event will be rescheduled for January. Stay tuned to this page and GrowSmart Maine email communications for new date.

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